Mohammed bin Mazyad Al-Tuwaijri, Advisor at the Royal Court and Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of the Saudi Pavilion participating in “Expo 2020 Dubai”, officially inaugurated the works and activities of the Kingdom’s pavilion, in a ceremony held at the pavilion’s headquarters.
The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the United Arab Emirates Turki bin Abdullah Al-Dakhil, the Commissioner-General of the Saudi pavilion, Eng. Hussein Hanbaza, a group of ambassadors of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, officials and cultural figures from various countries of the world.
Al-Tuwaijri moved between the sections of the pavilion, acquainted with its various programs and activities that reflect the vivid image of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which are divided into four main pillars that include nature, people, heritage and investment opportunities, in addition to an energy and sustainability station, and a brilliant presence of traditional Saudi crafts, folkloric performances, and famous dishes. representing different regions of the Kingdom.
Al-Tuwaijri expressed his pride in the rich creative content he saw in the pavilion, presented by the young men and women of the country participating in the pavilion, who conveyed an honorable image of the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and their lofty and welcoming values to the world.
He added that the pavilion translates the Kingdom’s growth and prosperity during the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince, and our country attends this global forum with its young, renewed spirit and aspiration towards a prosperous future for the region and the world, with its ambitious projects and inspiring vision; Saudi Vision 2030, which was formulated by the Crown Prince, to take our country towards broad development horizons.
For his part, the Commissioner-General of the Saudi pavilion, Eng. Hussein Hanbaza, indicated that the Saudi participation in the “Expo 2020 Dubai” exhibition stems from the cultural value owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and its capabilities and ambitions, which will give a real addition to visitors to a world exhibition such as “Expo”, indicating that the pavilion The Kingdom will present distinguished activities and programs covering all economic, developmental and cultural fields, targeting all segments from children and families to businessmen and investors.
The pavilion’s activity will continue until March of next year 2022 AD, as part of the activities of the new session of “Expo 2020 Dubai” entitled “Connecting Minds…Making the Future”, and more than 190 countries will participate, including the Kingdom, whose pavilion is inside a building of Its area is 13,000 square meters, and it is the second largest pavilion after the pavilion of the sisterly United Arab Emirates, the host country of the exhibition. The building’s design was consistent with the highest standards of environmental sustainability, as it received the LEED Platinum Certificate from the US Green Building Council (USGBC), making it one of the most sustainable designs in the world.
The content of the pavilion was designed under the supervision of an official national committee headed by Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Culture, and in a manner that reflects the rich civilized reality of the Kingdom through multiple axes, including energy, economy, development, history, nature and life. A Saudi site with a total area of 580 square meters, including: Al-Turaif neighborhood, Al-Hajar, Historic Jeddah, and rock arts in the Hail region, and Al-Ahsa Oasis. Through an electronic window topped with 2030 scenographic crystals, the pavilion displays the Kingdom’s most important giant projects that are currently being worked on, such as the Qiddiya Project, the Diriyah Gate Development Project, the Red Sea Project, and other development projects.
Opening of the Saudi Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
The pavilion celebrates creative visions through an artwork entitled “Vision”, which takes visitors on an audio-visual journey through 23 sites that represent the great diversity in the various regions of the Kingdom, and the harmonious relationship between its people and nature. And in the welcome garden dedicated to meetings and constructive dialogues between entrepreneurs and investors, in an atmosphere rich with the values of the famous Saudi hospitality.
The pavilion presents a busy daily program for its visitors that includes distinctive cultural elements of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia highlighting the rich national heritage through traditional arts, folkloric dances, handicrafts and masterpieces of Saudi cuisine, in addition to great creative performances presented by the pavilion at its headquarters and in several parallel sites such as the Dubai Millennium Theater and the Dubai Exhibition Center It includes dazzling light shows, music and poetry evenings and cultural salons, in addition to sustainable energy activities, science programs and competitions for families and children.
The Kingdom’s program over the next six months will also include active participation in all dialogues and forums held on the sidelines of the Expo, which will chart a better future for the world, with the participation of the Saudi private sector in addition to all relevant state institutions.